On August 2nd we gathered for the 34th time at our favorite camping place. On this special day, alumni were given the opportunity to swim in Yawgoog Pond, paddle a canoe, enjoy a rowboat, kayak, sail, try out the new paddleboards, learn low COPE skills, make a basket, braid a lanyard, and do all the fun things we did as Scouts. Breakfast, lunch and the Chief Yawgoog BBQ were provided. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and attendance was not as we had hoped. We are grateful that Camp Yawgoog opened the aquatics and program areas to Alumni and even more grateful to be told that future Yawgoog Days gatherings will follow with the same agenda.
Our Reservation Director, Tom Sisson, made us welcome as did all members of the Yawgoog Staff. In excess of 70 Alumni walked down memory lane and relived that time in our lives when Yawgoog was key to all that we did. Many Alumni took advantage of the open camp programs and tested skills learned many years ago. Bus tours gave each of us the opportunity to see all the improvements to Yawgoog facilities and to also visit that part of Yawgoog that remains very special in our memories. At Donald North Court, the Heritage Center memorabilia displays drew the attention of many Alumni. The Heritage Center excess patch and memorabilia sale was enjoyed by all and raised in excess of $1,000.00. Fun was had by all.
Special thanks to the Ranger Staff for getting the camp ready for us. The Camp Staff remains key to the success ofYawgoog Days. Our Campmaster Corps is the best. Breakfast and lunch were excellent, mid-afternoon fruit and snacks were appreciated, and the Chief Yawgoog BBQ continues to be the best in Rhode Island.
The YAA was pleased to present Camp Yawgoog with our 2014 projects which included paddleboards, rowboats, rifles, shotguns, sails, and CPR mannequins. When all the bills are paid, we expect our total project effort to exceed $25,000.00. We look forward to 2015 and the Centennial year for camping at Yawgoog. Stay tuned as our 2015 projects become finalized.
Jim Cunha, YAA Chairman, held our business meeting at the Trading Post porch because of rain. Scout Executive John Mosby, attended the meeting expressing appreciation for all that the YAA does for Scouting and Camp Yawgoog. He also gave a very detailed review of activities and events planned for the Centennial Celebration. Following the business meeting Alumni gathered for the traditional decade photos.
Thank you to each member of the YAA Executive Committee for your tireless efforts in producing a “world class” Yawgoog Days. Jim Lanzi as Chairman is key to the gathering’s success. Finally, each YAA member is important as we carry on the work of our hero and founder, Gus Anthony.
We look forward to seeing you at the 2015 Yawgoog Days when we will celebrate 100 years of delivering the Scouting program at Camp Yawgoog. May the “Spirit of Yawgoog” be with you till we meet again at our favorite camping place.